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Rail-Trails Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York Paperback – January 25, 2011
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The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) opened its doors in 1986. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., RTC focuses on transforming America's unused or abandoned railway corridors into multi-use trails. Former railway rights-of-way make ideal trails--they tend to be smooth, level, readily accessible and very scenic. Such trails open up major parts of urban, suburban and rural America to the enjoyment of hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists and others users, young and old. In 1986, there were about 250 miles of rail-trails in the U.S. Now there are more than 19,000 miles, and more open every year. They are a perfect choice for hikers who no longer want to tackle the backcountry.
RTC publishes a series of excellent guidebooks covering rail-trails in various regions of the U.S. "Rail-Trails: Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York" is one of the best of the series. That region is one of the densest rail-trail areas of the country. This book covers three states and 106 trails totaling 1,437 miles, in an outstanding, accessible, easy-to-read and invaluable guide. Organized by state, each section begins with a nice location map showing all the trails covered in that state, in alphabetical order. Do you want to find trails near Rochester, New York? No problem--they're in there.Read more ›
I learned about 2 trails in my area that I had no idea existed, and learned more information about 2 trails that I knew already.
The maps are very useful and the instructions on finding the trails worked for me which is great because I get lost extremely easily.
The trails listed are not just for biking; some are short trails that would be for walks or short "hikes."
I've already benefited greatly from the book after only having it about a week and recommend it highly.
I intend to use this book to plan many more trips.
What bothers me about the trail choices is the number of under 5 mile trails it contains. These are hardly worth the print. A full 25% (yes, I counted) are under five miles. Many of these are under two miles in length. Another 25% is between 5 and 10 miles.
I suggest if you want to have a comprehensive view of trails in your state that you go to the Rails to Trails "TrailLink.com" web site and save your money on the book.
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nice book for our local trails. could be more informative with start and end points of trails.Published 7 months ago by Dennis Noll
Nice addictionto a bikers travels.This book showals times,elavation,andfresh water spots.Affordable and easy to read,yet packed full of info you did not know.Well worth the buckPublished 13 months ago by applejack